Behind Enemy Lines: Bristol City

MILLWALL missed the chance to close the gap on the play-off places on Wednesday night to four points after 0-0 draw with Birmingham City.

Top-six chances are now looking that bit more remote with each game that passes but victory over Bristol City could reignite hopes.

Alex Grace spoke to Bristol City blogger 'totalrobins' ahead of the game.



Why do you support Bristol City?

I've supported Bristol City all my life as they're my local club. I've been a season-ticket holder for eight years, but before that I still regularly attended games at Ashton Gate.

What's been your favourite season following the Robins?



I think it has to be 2015-16 season in recent times, winning League One and the England Football League Trophy, the 8-2 win against Walsall and a 6-0 win over Bradford City.

And the worst?

I'd have to say our first season back in League One. Following relegation under Derek McInnes, we really struggled to win games and found ourselves in the bottom half. The season that followed however was spectacular.

City have taken just six points from the last 18 available – where has it gone wrong?

Our football has gone very flat. Prior to January arrivals City were in good form, playing a 4-1-4-1 system which picked up good away and home victories against Wigan, Barnsley and Reading.

It's almost like now Lee Johnson has more quality to chose from, he doesn't know his best 11, and most fans think he chucked the news boys in too early.

Were you happy with your January business?

Yes, although I think they have actually stunted our progress.

Filip Benkovic and Markus Henriksen haven't played much football (Henriksen having been frozen out at Hull) so for me LJ chucking them in straightaway seemed a weird option.

The quality of Nahki Wells is a good addition, and one that fixes our long-term search for a proven goal-scorer.

The play-off race has really tightened up in recent weeks with a number of teams still believing they can get into the top six – how do you assess it at the moment?

I still think every team will say they have a chance, but sometimes it's not about the points gap, it's about the number of teams between them and the play-offs.

I think probably third to 10th in the league all have a chance. It will be an interesting one.

Can Bristol City make the top six?

Yes. However if you saw our first-half display at Huddersfield, you'd have thought we were 24th.

Johnson is starting to dig out players publicly, something he hasn't done often in his tenure, and that result makes Saturday a must-win for Bristol City.

If we don't secure three points I can't see us making top six, unfortunately.

How have you rated Millwall's season to date?

I can only rate you off the reverse fixture. You were well organised and played to mark Niclas Eliasson out of the game.

Your left wing-back Murray Wallace did his job superbly, even though some of our fans were singing 'who's that lump on the left wing?' (hinting to his size for a wing-back).

I've been impressed by your league position and you've got a quality manager, so I think your fans would be happy.

What are your thoughts on Gary Rowett?

Good manager. Organises his teams well. One of the men I would have on my list of managers to replace LJ if he should go. He's always had money to spend, however, at Derby and Stoke, so I'm not sure if he will be getting the same backing from your board.

If you could sign two Millwall players, who would they be and why?

Jed Wallace, one of the best attacking Championship players, and Ryan Woods. We have missed a midfielder who can actually pass a ball more then five-10 metres with good accuracy for a while, and since the sale of Josh Brownhill our midfield has been our issue.

Will you be at the game?

Unfortunately not. I have extra work commitments but I will be listening at home on BBC Bristol Sport.

What's your predicted Bristol City starting XI and formation?

I recently posted this on my Twitter account, and had mixed reviews. I think we will revert to the 4-1-4-1 that was successful. However, it will need bold moves such as dropping Nahki Wells.

Bentley; Kalas, Baker, Williams, Dasilva; Paterson; Nagy, Massengo, Smith, Eliasson; Diedhiou.

Finally, a score prediction?

Millwall 0-2 city. It's a must-win game and hopefully the players are up for it.

Although based on Huddersfield you've got every chance.

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